By ROBERT S. MERRILL
A 55-year-old Preston man is being held in the Caribou County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault following a standoff Tuesday morning with Preston Police and Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Police and deputies were dispatched to 259 West 200 South in Preston shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday on an initial call of domestic violence.
Mrs. Joan Timothy left her house and went directly to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center and told officials her husband, Danny Timothy, had assaulted her with a handgun. The Timothys had recently separated, according to Preston Police Chief Val Sparrow.
“When we learned a gun was involved we shut down traffic in the area and contacted all residents living within a three-block radius and told them to stay inside. We contained the scene,” Sparrow said.
Deputy Ken Geddes was called in to negotiate with Timothy, who was inside his house, Sparrow continued. He said Geddes has had specific training dealing with incidents of this type.
“Geddes continued his efforts for almost two hours and Timothy peacefully surrendered to officers without further trouble. He was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault, a felony. He is being held in jail in lieu of a $75,000 bond, pending arraignment.”
Timothy has been arraigned in Magistrate Court in Franklin County. Court officials said he was assigned a public defender and a preliminary hearing has been set for Jan. 4 at 9 a.m. before Judge Eric Hunn.
Sparrow said there has been no recent police involvement with the Timothys.
“No outside police agencies were required to resolve this incident. We’re just thankful this came to a peaceful ending through the cooperative efforts of both our local law enforcement agencies,” said Sparrow.
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